Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway said President Donald Trump is still “inclined” to release a memo by Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee rebutting a Republican document that accused the FBI and Department of Justice of bias and improperly seeking surveillance of a former Trump campaign adviser.
“The president is inclined to declassify the memo,” Conway told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on “This Week” Sunday. But attorneys and experts who reviewed the memo think it reveals “sources and methods” that could harm national security. “So now it is going back to the Congress” for possible revisions to allow its release, she said.
Trump’s decision was slammed by the House Intelligence Committee’s top Democrat, Rep. Adam Schiff of California, on Twitter: “After ignoring urging of FBI & DOJ not to release misleading [Republican] memo because it omits material facts, @POTUS now expresses concerns over sharing precisely those facts with public and seeks to send it back to the same Majority that produced the flawed … memo to begin with.”